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PM Modi Russia visit: Big guns blazing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Moscow on Wednesday on a two-day visit to attend the 16th India-Russia annual summit.

Written by Sushant Singh |
Updated: December 22, 2015 12:19:33 am
S-400 ‘Triumf’ air defence systems. S-400 ‘Triumf’ air defence systems.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Moscow on Wednesday on a two-day visit to attend the 16th India-Russia annual summit. The two sides are expected to sign three key defence agreements and are also likely to hold further talks on the lease of a nuclear attack submarine. Sushant Singh looks at the deals on the table.

S-400 ‘Triumf’ air defence systems

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Cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) last week, India is expected to sign the deal worth around $6 billion for five units of the air defence system. The S-400 can engage multiple-range air targets, including fighter jets, bombers, drones, ballistic and cruise missiles at a range of up to 400 kilometers. Its digital target acquisition system and modern radars allow for detection and hitting of several targets at one go. India is only the second country after China to buy the Triumf.

The Navy got INS Chakra in 2012. The Navy got INS Chakra in 2012.

Lease of nuclear attack Submarine

Under the MoU signed by India for two nuclear attack submarines from Russia, Indian Navy is currently operating INS Chakra (K-152 Nerpa) since 2012. Negotiations are now on to get the second submarine on lease from Russia. While Russia is reportedly offering the Kashalot K-322 nuclear-powered attack submarine (NATO classification Akula II-class), which has been serving in Russia’s Pacific Fleet since early 1989 and is currently under repair, India is keen on acquiring a more modern Yasen class attack submarine which will be built from scratch. But the Russians are not keen on supplying the Yasen and negotiations are still on between the two sides.

Ka-226T ‘Kamov’ helicopter Ka-226T ‘Kamov’ helicopter

Ka-226T ‘Kamov’ helicopter

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Cleared by the DAC in May, India will sign the deal, worth around $600 million, for 200 Kamov helicopters. In service with the Russian Air Force, these are multipurpose helicopters with coaxial rotors and two Arrius 2G1 French Turbomeca engines. Sixty of the 200 helicopters will be supplied in fly-away condition and 140 are to be produced in India, with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Reliance Defence leading contenders under the Make in India project. With a capacity of two crew members and nine passengers, the helicopters can reach an altitude of up to 6,200 metres.

Talwar-class stealth frigates

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In service with the Russian Navy, the Grigorovich-class frigates (Project 1135.6) are improved variants of the six Talwar-class frigates already in service with the Indian Navy. These are multi-role vessels with a displacement of around 4,000 tonnes. They will be fitted with Brahmos surface-to-surface missile for attacking land targets and ships, Shtil anti-air missiles guns and rockets, and torpedoes. The frigates can accommodate one Ka-226T helicopter. In a deal estimated to cost around $3 billion, three of these vessels are likely be fully made under Make in India with Pipavav Shipyard as the leading contender.

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